Arango Cigar Co. debuts new Rattray’s pipes and tobaccos

Three new Rattray’s briar pipe lines and matching tobaccos have joined the company’s classic British pipe lineup of pipes and tobaccos now available from Arango Cigar Co.

Three new Rattray’s briar pipe lines and matching tobaccos have joined the company’s classic British pipe lineup of pipes and tobaccos now available from Arango Cigar Co.

Arango Cigar Co., the exclusive US importer/distributor for Rattray’s briar pipes and tobaccos, has added three new series to its extensive lineup of Rattray’s pipes: Macbeth, Red Lion and Sir William.   Each one is available in six shapes.

Arango’s president, Michael Gold, states, “Rattray’s pipes follow the time-honored, rugged styles typical of the British Isles.  Some pipes display just enough creativity to make even seasoned pipe connoisseurs look twice.  Smokers will find an abundance of shapes, colors, finishes, and mouthpieces.”

Each of the new pipe lines comes in only one style, color and finish  Red Lion ($154.70 MSRP), has a smooth, red-hued finish; Sir William ($215.60) comes in a brown sandblast finish; and, Macbeth ($262.50) is a smooth black.  All three styles have black acrylic mouthpieces and are trimmed with polished metal bands on their shanks.  Quoting Gold, “Smokers who favor classic British briar will find a desirable piece at a fair price, due to Rattray’s innovative carvers.”

Rattray’s pipes can be divided into three categories.  Entry-level selections, in limited varieties, average about $115.  The great majority of Rattray’s pipes from Arango fall between $150 and $200.  This price point is where pipe shoppers find the widest spectrum of selections.  Pipes of superior quality and greater freedom of creativity, retail at around $250.

Arango is also offering new English/Scottish tobacco mixtures, bearing the same names as the pipes.  They are packaged in 3.5-ounce tins.

Gold comments on the company’s history: “Charles Rattray established his retail tobacco shop in the Scottish capital of Perth in 1903.  The reputation that Rattray and his son gained as master blenders built it into Perth’s largest tobacconist.  Their unique recipes and adherence to time-honored English and Scottish tobacco recipes have earned them the pipe world’s admiration.”

Shortly after the German tobacco manufacturer Kohlhase & Kopp KG was formed in 1976, it purchased Rattray’s.  Pipe connoisseurs haven’t been disappointed … Kohlhase & Kopp has maintained the same quality level, as well as most of the original catalog of tobaccos.  Tobacconists nationwide currently have these and other Rattray’s pipes and tobaccos in stock.

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Shon Brooks’ “Star Cigar” and Greatest Hits board NASA rocket

SOB_picThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is sending the Brooks Entertainment Inc. brands on Orion’s first rocket launch to planet Mars. The Brooks Financial/Entertainment/Technology Corporation is set to arrive first to planet Mars in weightless space with NASA. While S.O.B cigars have been shipped and ready for launch in a “Trial By Fire” at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas (USA) and the Westin Hotels and Resorts in Puntacana (DR).

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will launch the S.O.B cigar™ and all the Brooks Entertainment Inc. brands on a rocket to the Red Planet. Shon Brooks is receiving more ink and press in the media from his latest invention of the ‘Star Cigar’ after signing contracts with Cox Media and the Hard Rock Casino. NASA technical engineers have confirmed loading the Brooks Entertainment Inc. brands on board a highly classified microchip sensor for the rocket launch. The Brooks Entertainment Inc. luxury brands has released 2 new cigars to the United States and to the Dominican Republic which are the Churchill and Panatela cigars. ( The Shon Brooks ‘Star Cigar’ has evolved on top of the charts. The Churchill, Robusto, Torpedo and Panatela cigars have been shipped to the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas for launching while at the same time being available for purchase at the Westin, PuntaCana, (Dominican Republic) through Starwood Hotels (SPG) distributors. The S.O.B Cigar ™ and Brooks Entertainment Inc. brands will punch through the earth’s atmosphere as precious cargo at approximately 17,000 MPH.

Brooks Entertainment Inc. is calling the multiple country hotel and casino launches a “Trial by Fire”. The “Trial by Fire” of the Shon Brooks “Star Cigar” will be launched and burn through the earth’s atmosphere at the Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas while at the same time, being available for purchase through the five star Westin Puntacana Resort & Club. Brooks Entertainment Inc. has donated 11% of the S.O.B cigar profits to Laura Mercier Ovarian Cancer Fund.

As noted, Shon Brooks is a Time Warner – TV Editorial Excellence Award Winner for covering the Olympic Games, Game Changer by Invention Magazine, named Superhero by ‘On Wall Street’ Magazine, and Financial Planning Magazine. Brooks Entertainment Inc. now emerges as a member of Smoke Magazine’s Top 36 Cigar manufacturers in the world. As a golden rule, being one of the top in the world for manufacturing luxury premium cigars has driven up the market price of the S.O.B™ cigars ™. His autographed memorabilia continues to increase in value from creating history in both the United States and in the Dominican Republic. Last May, fans reported Shon Brooks autographing and donating a historic guitar to the Hard Rock Puntacana for setting Chart Records in Smoke Magazine and for making award winning hits.

Brooks Entertainment Inc. dba. Brooks Financial & Entertainment Consultants ratings has spiked further with the anticipation of the launch of a new 24/7 On Demand Television Network Channel on the Cox Media Countour TV platform. The package has over 320 channels, all premium movie channels such as Sundance, Hallmark, Lifetime, Epix, Fearnet, Starz including Movie Paks of Encore, Showtime, Cinemax, HBO and more. No corporate sponsors have been revealed as of yet for the new Brooks Entertainment Inc. television channel, however, Lincoln Financial Group confirmed sponsoring the entire NFL season promotional package with Cox Media for Brooks Entertainment Inc.

Shon Brooks is one of the leaders on the IMDB, and when asked about obtaining this huge television sponsor for S.O.B TV™, he says “It was amazing to work with the Head of Operations for the GA Channel, John Thomas, at Lincoln Financial Group. It reminded me of a time in grade school when my father gave me tickets to watch the Philadelphia Eagles play at Veterans Stadium (Now Lincoln Financial Field). The tickets were given to him by Wally Henry and team member of the Eagles. I was fortunate as a elementary school student to dine with the players, wives, and head coaching staff after the game while being at the stadium. The motivational talks before and after the game in the locker room left a lasting impression on how to persevere and win. I took the motivational messages directly to heart because I thought that they were talking directly to me, since I was in the room.”

Shon Brooks got his start in television writing, producing, and hosting career as a teenager right out of high school. He gained experience on Southwestern Cable TV (now Time Warner) and Cox Communications (now Cox Media) by producing a show called, “Making A Difference.” He learned how to host and produce shows from the network supervisors in their Public Access television studio on the weekends while working pro bono.

Ron Hebert, studio supervisor of Time Warner said, “Shon Brooks has been instrumental in assisting several producers with their studio productions since I first met him. Shon was a SWCTV certified community producer and was qualified to schedule the production facilities on an “as available, first come, first served basis.”

Thereafter, Shon won his first major contract with the United States Olympic Committee ( #USOC ) to write, produce and host this same variety show called, “Making A Difference,” for the Summer Olympic Games. This became the official creation of Brooks Financial & Entertainment Consultants.

Colette Duncan, Associate Director of United States Olympic Committee said, “The staff and athletes of the Olympic Training Center are pleased to appear on your show this season. As evidenced by previous shows, I know that the interviews you conduct with our new director, Benita Fitzgerald, and several of our athletes will be professional and fair. Good luck on your upcoming season.”

The show later won a Time Warner award for the “Talk Show Category” at the Del Mar Fair Video Expo, says the Entry Supervisor, Teresa A. Barth of the Del Mar Fair.

At the same time, Shon earned his way through college by working at Continental Airlines (now United Continental Holdings), New York Life, and Brooks Financial & Entertainment Consultants until graduation. After graduating from college he gained more popularity for creating a timeless television show called “S.O.B”™ that empowers young people to take control of their lives and become successful adults. The S.O.B television™ show’s high profile broadcast includes traffic spots during the 76 Academy Awards, NFL Network, NBA, Fox Sports 1, ESPN, NCM Media Networks, and multiple television cross-channels. The brand now embarks on approximately 4 billion views unplugged including China with the release of the Brooks Entertainment Inc. international brands.

Shon Brooks of Brooks Entertainment Inc. invented a cigar for the gifted critical thinker and extreme competitor based on astuteness, innovation, creativity, intelligence, and being accountable for one’s status. This brand was created for the ‘Vanquisher’ in making wise choices and decisions in life.

The S.O.B™ Dominican cigar brand’s heritage is from Tabaqueria Carbonell CXA founded in 1894. Shon Brooks discovered Jose Rivas in the same area where Christopher Columbus once sailed in 1492 to help with the earlier prototypes. Brooks Entertainment Inc. has coined the phrase of planet Mars as being the ‘Cigar Planet’, because when looking at the red planet, it look like the exact image of a lit S.O.B Cigar.

The NASA government URL boarding passes for Brooks Entertainment Inc. are the following:

NASA 1 S.O.B Cigars:

NASA 2 Brooks Financial & Entertainment Consul:

NASA 3 Save One Bank:

NASA 4 Shon Brooks Star Cigar:

NASA 5 Stock Picker:

NASA 6 Brooks Entertainment Inc.:

Nasa 7 Fran Shatone:

NASA 8 Making A Difference, Shon Brooks W/ USOC:

NASA 9 S.O.B Television by Shon Brooks:

Brooks Entertainment Inc. has found that these multiple country cigar and space launches may knock on the door of setting a Guinness World Record considering a safe return from Mars with NASA. ( When we asked the CEO of Brooks Entertainment Inc. about their brands going into orbit with NASA, Shon Brooks says, “Our mission has always been to work with the best and the brightest people. At the same time, keeping our corporate affiliates, clients and sponsors proud to be partnered with our corporation. The more innovative we become, means, the more innovative they become! As for NASA, it has always been a dream to be a part in any project involving NASA. Nonetheless, whether it be big or small, we thank them for allowing us to join the mission.”

Brooks Entertainment Inc. and Shon Brooks, will attempt to be the first on many levels in taking their brands to Mars on December 4, 2014 at 7:05 A.M (Eastern Standard Time). This is always music to the ears of affiliates, clients, and corporate sponsors in being associated with the first TV show, gamers, and Cigar brand to ever venture to Mars atmosphere. Brooks Financial/Entertainment/Technology takes all the risk, and Brooks Financial/Entertainment/Technology receives all the reward.

NASA’s website reminds all pirates, hackers, copyright, and trademark offenders that “Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information on Caltech/JPL servers are strictly prohibited and may be punishable by law, including under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986, and the National Information Infrastructure Protection Act of 1996.”

“The S.O.B™ luxury cigar brand was created for the ‘Vanquisher’ that plays the cards that has been dealt in life to win and not fold! It is vital that you remain ethical at all times even though others may bend the rules of life. Pressing on is when you begin to obtain Rock Star status!” (Says Brooks Entertainment Inc. company mission statement)


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New Lancero Limitado joins J. Grotto Silk boutique cigar line from Ocean State Cigars

The new J. Grotto Lancero Limitado joins the Silk line of J. Grotto boutique cigars, offering delicate flavors with an underlying power, plus smooth, effortless burn.

The new J. Grotto Lancero Limitado joins the Silk line of J. Grotto boutique cigars, offering delicate flavors with an underlying power, plus smooth, effortless burn.

Paul Joyal, founder and president of Ocean State Cigars, has added a 7-1/2″ x 41 Lancero Limitado shape to his J. Grotto Silk line of boutique premium cigars.   It joins the J. Grotto Reserve Lancero Limitado, introduced in 2012.  The Lancero is a classic shape that originated in Cuba.  It remains a favorite of seasoned connoisseurs, for having surprising power for its slim, elegant profile.

The Lancero joins four other Silk shapes: Gran Robusto (5” x 52), Gordo (6” x 60), Gran Toro (6” x 52), and Churchill (7” x 50).  Both the Silk and Reserve Lanceros share the same blends as the other shapes in each line.  Silk has an Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut Shade wrapper, surrounding a double binder of Indonesian and Criollo 98 tobaccos, plus filler leaves from Honduras (Trojes region) and Jalapa, Nicaragua.  All tobaccos are aged a full three years.  “The double-leaf binder,” Joyal reports, “is largely responsible for the Lancero’s ability to routinely grow two-inch ashes.

“The Silk Lancero’s performance,” Joyal continues, “is fragrant and delicate, but with an unexpected fullness of lush flavor nuances.  Combined with the superb burning character of today’s strains of Ecuadorian-grown Connecticut-seed tobacco, you have a superlative smoke.  Silk is also the perfect name to describe the wrapper’s silky smooth feel and appearance.  The draw and burn are equally trouble-free, thanks to the accordion-fold bunching.  Each filler leaf is folded on itself lengthwise in the buncher’s palm, then combined with the other filler leaves and bound.  The technique minimizes hard draws and plugs, as well as uneven burn.”

The Silk line’s presentation complements the prestigious image of the cigars with cellophane sheaths, substantial 20-count Spanish cedar boxes and the distinctive J. Grotto bands and box art.  MSRP for the Silk Lancero Limitado is $7.99.  Silk Lanceros are currently available at tobacconists nationwide.

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Screwpop Cigar Punch; Cigar accessory review

boxI recently received the new and improved Screwpop Cigar Punch 2.0 from Screwpop for review purposes. Upon arrival, I swapped out my trusty double guillotine cutter for the Screwpop to give it a fair trial. I’ve used the Screwpop Cigar Punch exclusively for a couple of weeks and put it through its paces.

I’ve used cigar punches before. Usually, the punch was built into the side or bottom of a cigar lighter. While this is a good option to have if you have no other way to cut a cigar, I have found them to be cumbersome. While convenient, these punches are not always very sharp either.

The Screwpop Cigar Punch 2.0 on the other hand, is lightweight, easy to use and razor sharp. It is comprised of two parts that screw together. The cigar punch itself has an aluminum body and a stainless steel insert that cuts through the cigar cap. As I said before, it is razor sharp and it cut through the thickest cap with ease. Using only gentle pressure and a twisting motion, the Screwpop went through every cigar like a hot knife through butter.

I used the punch on various ring gauges and found a single punch was sufficient to produce a good draw on each cigar. The diameter of the cut was large enough that a buildup of tar never occurred and I never tasted bitterness on the cap.

The best part of this improved tool, in my opinion, it the ejector rod. Just slide the punch body over the ejector rod and twist it closed. Once the cutter is attached to the clip half, that circle of cut cigar cap falls out and drops into the ashtray. No fumbling or banging the side of the cutter to get rid of that piece of tobacco.

You can clip the Screwpop Cigar Punch to keychains, belt loops, zipper pulls, laniers, etc. Since it’s made from aluminum and stainless steel, you can even leave it outside without worrying about it rusting. The clip on the Screwpop doubles as a bottle opener and also works quite well.

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, I’m not really a cigar punch guy. The quality and performance of the Screwpop Cigar Punch 2.0 has really impressed me though. I will honestly give this product a good recommendation to anyone who is looking for a new cigar punch for their use.

I currently have an aluminum mini bottle / can opener attached to my keychain. Since the Screwpop serves a dual purpose, I will now use it as a backup cigar cutter or bottle opener when needed in a pinch.

The Screwpop Cigar Punch 2.0 retails for $14.95 and can be purchased directly on the Screwpop website. With the holiday season upon us, this may make a great gift for your cigar smoking friends or family.

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Nat Sherman’s Epoca; Cigar review

epoca_smokeEpoca was the first cigar brand ever owned by Nat Sherman in 1929. This Cuban Puro or “ Clear Havana” as this type of cigar was known during the period, was Nat Sherman’s entry into the cigar industry.

Epoca’s current blend is comprised of an Ecuadorian wrapper, a Dominican binder and a combination of Dominican and Nicaraguan fillers.

The cigar is offered in six vitolas: Breva (42 X 5), Admiral (50 X 5), Perfecto (52 X 5.75), Prince (50 X 6), Senator (56 X 6) and Knickerbocker (48 X 7). I was happy to see the Perfrcto shape since to me, it is a classic vitola from that era.

For this review, I was given several of the Prince from the manufacturer.

The artwork found on the Epoca box, is a replica of the 1929 original artwork.

The Epoca is a good looking cigar. The simple looking band is reminiscent of cigar bands from the 1920’s. The Ecuadorian wrapper is a light tan in color with many small veins. It gives off a mild tobacco scent. The cigar’s cap is well formed and smooth. The Epoca has a finished foot and I picked up on mild tobacco and faint berry aromas. The cigar was firm to the touch and felt good in my hand.

I clipped the cap and took a pre-light draw. I found it to be light and very easy. During the draw, I noticed a mild sweetness coming from the filler.

Finally, it’s time to toast and light the foot and smoke this cigar.

The first third of the Epoca starts off on the mild side with an earthy, woody tobacco base and a mild tobacco flavor on the finish. I picked up on a mild spice sensation in my sinuses during the exhale.

The second third was very much like the first third. The one change was a hint of sweetness on the finish.

Moving into the final third, it is apparent that the Epoca is very consistent in its profile. The mild spice sensation was a constant. There was one final change in this last third. The finish had become long and lingering with a richer and stronger tobacco flavor.

The burn characteristics of the Epoca were very good. The cigar burned very evenly and had a medium carbon ring. The ash was gray in color. It was also firm and tight. The ash dropped for the first time round the inch and a half mark. The smoke volume was very good.

Overall, I consider Nat Sherman’s Epoca to be a medium bodied, medium strength cigar. The construction is good and the smoking experience was very enjoyable. On a scale of 100, I give this cigar a 90.

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A.J. Fernandez to introduce the New World Connecticut exclusivley for event at New York’s Cigar Inn

AJ_New WorldA.J. Fernandez Cigars, known for producing consistently highly rated cigars will introduce a limited batch of New World Connecticut cigars for a one-night only sit down dinner event taking place at the world famous “Cigar Inn” located in New York City.  Event will take place on Monday, December 1, 2014 at Cigar Inn located at 1016 2nd Ave. NY, NY 10022.

New World which was collaboration between A.J. Fernandez and father Ismael Fernandez has been received with rave reviews. To celebrate the success of New World, A.J. Fernandez Cigars and Cigar Inn will partner for a limited seating dinner event featuring a course meal by Rothmann’s Steakhouse. The exclusive event will also feature a premium whiskey pairing hosted by Gentlemen’s Jack to introduce the unveiling of the New World Connecticut.  Cigar Inn is one of the most notable cigar shops in the nation and boasts the only Cigar Aficionado endorsed cigar lounge.

The New World Connecticut to be introduced at the event will be a Robusto 5 1/2 x 54

  • Wrapper: Connecticut Shade U.S.A.
  • Binder: San Andres Mexico
  • Filler: Nicaragua, Brazil

Kris Katchaturian, managing partner at A.J. Fernandez Cigars, said: “A.J. is extremely excited about introducing this limited batch of the New World Connecticut cigars for this event. It only makes sense that this event takes place at Cigar Inn which is arguably the most well-known cigar shop in the country.”

Billy Sakih, owner of The Cigar Inn, said: “A.J. Fernandez is one of the most talent cigar blenders on the scene today and we are looking forward to offering our guests this event which will feature amazing food, drink, company and the chance to enjoy the New World Connecticut.

For More information or to reserve your seat for this event please call Cigar Inn @ 212.717.7403 or 212.750.0809. 

A.J. Fernandez Cigars is based on the rich tradition of the Fernandez cigar legacy. A.J. Fernandez now produces unparalleled, hand-rolled cigars in Estelí, Nicaragua which have garnered numerous top ratings and acclaim from cigar publications and consumers alike.  Today A.J. Fernandez continues the family tradition as he oversees production and manages day to day operations in his factory in Estelí.

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Drew Estate announces Undercrown ShadyXV premium cigars and partnership with Shady Records

shadyDrew Estate announced today the release of the Undercrown ShadyXV, a line extension to their coveted Undercrown line, produced in partnership with Shady Records. The NY and Detroit-based Shady Records celebrates their fifteenth anniversary in 2014 and will be working with Drew Estate on the release of the Undercrown ShadyXV. ShadyXV, a compilation celebrating the label’s anniversary and featuring greatest hits alongside new music from Shady Records artists, will be released on November 24.

The Undercrown ShadyXV will be offered in a 5 x 50 box pressed belicoso size, featuring the same blend as the Corona Viva line. For hardcore fans, this release follows the lineage of the Corona Viva and Dogma blends. The cigar will be limited to 500 10ct soft packs, which will be sold exclusively through Detroit-area cigar retailers (full list below) in honor of Shady Records’ fifteenth anniversary.

When asked about the project, Drew Estate co-founder Jonathan Drew stated that, “this project has been in the works for some time and I couldn’t be more amped that it’s finally coming to fruition. Anyone who knows JD understands my affinity towards hip-hop, so to have this opportunity to work with Paul Rosenberg and the Shady family is a true honor. Drew Estate is always on the cutting edge and ‘in the cut’ — and the Undercrown ShadyXV is no exception. This will be a collector’s piece for both the Drew Estate and the Shady fan.”

The 10ct soft packs of the Undercrown ShadyXV will retail for $99.95 MSRP and will be sold at the retailers listed below:

  • Churchills, Birmingham, MI
  • Churchills, West Bloomfield, MI
  • Wild Bill’s, Roseville, MI
  • Wild Bill’s, Commerce, MI
  • Smokes on Burdick, Kalamazoo, MI
  • La Casa, Detroit, MI
  • The Wine Garden, St Clair Shores, MI
  • Jenuwine’s, Troy, MI
  • Jenuwine’s, Sterling Heights, MI
  • Jenuwine’s, Royal Oak, MI

Paul Rosenberg, Eminem’s long-time manager and partner in Shady Records, was the impetus behind this collaboration and had this to say about the Undercrown ShadyXV from New York:

“As an avid boutique cigar smoker and a long-time Drew Estate fan, this collaboration on our label’s 15th anniversary is a huge honor that I’m really excited about.  JD and his team went all-out to create a really special smoke that I’m very proud to be associated with.”

The ShadyXV will be shipped to stores by November 27th. Please remember that quantities are extremely limited. To learn more about the ShadyXV cigar, visit

About Drew Estate, Inc.

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”™, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Tabak Especial, UnderCrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

About Shady Records

Fifteen years ago Eminem co-founded New York and Detroit based Shady Records with his manager Paul Rosenberg in a venture with Interscope Records. The label quickly became an international powerhouse with the label’s debut release, D 12’s chart-topping, double-platinum album Devil’s Night and the quadruple-platinum Music From and Inspired by the Motion Picture 8 Mile.

Shady’s next move was signing Queens rapper 50 Cent along with Dr.Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment.  50’s 2003 major label full-length debut Get Rich or Die Tryin’ was an instant classic with sales of over eight million units, turning 50 into a household name.

Mid-decade saw the release of platinum seller Eminem Presents: The Re-Up as well as 50 Cent’s sophomore Shady album The Massacre, and D 12’s follow-up, 2004’s D12 World. Obie Trice’s 2003 release, Cheers, was a critical favorite and earned gold status. Bad Meets Evil (a collaboration between Eminem and Royce Da 5’9”) took Shady into yet another decade of topping the charts with 2011’s gold-seller Hell the Sequel.

In 2011 the label signed both rap supergroup Slaughterhouse (comprised of Joe Budden, Royce Da 5’9″, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I) and Gadsden, Alabama rapper Yelawolf which ushered in the “Shady 2.0″ era. The label released Slaughterhouse’s Welcome to: Our House and Yela’s Radioactive both to critical acclaim.

On November 24th, Shady Records releases a double-disc compilation, SHADYXV, featuring a disc of brand-new music and a second disc showcasing the label’s iconic singles, club hits, and street records of the last decade and a half. The project includes 50 Cent’s monumental “In Da Club”, D-12’s classic hit “Purple Pills,” and Eminem’s Academy Award and Grammy-winning anthem, “Lose Yourself,” the theme from his smash film debut 8 Mile.  New albums from Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse are slated for early 2015 positioning Shady Records to continue its stride, with over 30 million albums sold worldwide.

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Drew Estate Releases Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla To Drew Diplomat Retailers

drew_estateDrew Estate announced today that the Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla would be launched as a limited holiday release to retailers participating in Drew Estate’s Drew Diplomat Retailer Program.

Retailers who participate in the Drew Diplomat program are given priority allocations on new cigar releases, limited editions, and commemorative cigars and products. Diplomat retailers are also granted access to Drew Estate’s boutique brands, including Liga Privada and Herrera Estelí. In addition, Drew Diplomat retailers receive seasonal releases such as the Ratzilla, and receive priority incentives for in-store events and promotions.

Prior to this formal release, the Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla was handed out to a few friends at the IPCPR tradeshow in 2011, and then introduced at Casa de Montecristo in Chicago in 2012 with an extremely limited production of 50 12-ct bundles.

The Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla, produced at La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua, features a Connecticut River Valley Stalk Cut & Cured Sun Grown Habano Wrapper, a Plantation Grown Brazilian Mata Fina Binder, and Nicaraguan and Honduran Fillers.

Jonathan Drew, speaking from Hopkinsville, Kentucky, stated: “We are excited that the Ratzilla is the first Drew Diplomat Retailer Holiday Seasonal Release. The Liga Privada Único Serie Ratzilla is the next logical progression in the Dirty Rat legacy.”

When reached for comment at the Drew Estate offices in Miami, FL, Rich Cutler, VP of Global Sales at Drew Estate, said that, “we placed the order with our Production Team at Drew Estate almost a year ago when we were preparing the Drew Diplomat Retailer Program. We’re so glad they’ve become ready just in time for the holidays. We hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and enjoys these cigars with family and friends.”

To view a list of Drew Diplomat Retailers who will be receiving the Ratzilla, visit Consumers who are interested in the Drew Diplomat Program can go to and be the first to know about the launch of the Drew Diplomat Customer Loyalty Program and Mobile Application. If retailers are interested in becoming part of the Drew Diplomat Retailer Program, they can contact Jackson Moscoso directly at

About Drew Estate, Inc.

Founded in New York City in 1996, Drew Estate has become one of the fastest growing tobacco companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars”™, Drew Estate has led the “Boutique Cigar” movement by innovating new elements to the tobacco industry with their unique tobaccos and blending styles that have attracted new and traditional cigar enthusiasts. In their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate, the Nicaraguan headquarters, Drew Estate produces a variety of brands such as ACID, Herrera Estelí, Kentucky Fired Cured, Liga Privada, MUWAT, Natural by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Tabak Especial, UnderCrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

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Macanudo Big Drive winner gets smokin’ new ride

Robert Cowan

Macanudo®, America’s best-selling premium cigar, announces today that Robert Cowan of Commack, NY has won the grand prize in the brand’s national “Big Drive” sweepstakes.

Robert, who entered into the contest by purchasing Macanudo cigars from, won a 2015 Chevrolet Camaro by choosing the key that opened the car. In winning the muscle car, Robert became the envy of fellow contestants who were randomly selected from online cigar retailers. They are: George Castellese, Sugar Grove, IL (Cigars International); David Nygaard, Astoria, OR, (Famous Smoke Shop); Jeff Diedrich, Frisco, TX (Mike’s Cigars); Brij Patel, Marietta, GA (Best Cigar Prices); Fred Steinberg, Boca Raton, FL (Thompson Cigar). Gustavo Rosales, Ft. Lauderdale, FL was randomly selected through online entries to

The Camaro boasts an array of amenities and enough horsepower to leave other hotrods in the dust.

Gus Martinez, director of marketing for Macanudo said, “The Macanudo Big Drive sweepstakes brings together two great passions, cigars and muscle cars, and has given us the opportunity to deliver an unparalleled VIP experience. For these devoted Macanudo fans who enjoy cars as much as they enjoy their cigars, this trip is one they’ll never forget.”

Robert looks forward to taking the smokin’ hot muscle car for a celebratory spin when he returns to Commack, NY. He said, “I always smoke Macanudo during special occasions, so I’m lighting up one now to celebrate my victory and will definitely do so again when the car gets delivered to me in Long Island.”

As part of the Big Drive sweepstakes, the contestants and their guests were treated to an all-expense paid weekend at The Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. While in Sin City, they were wined and dined by the Macanudo brand team, and savored Macanudos at cigar-friendly hotspots in Vegas.

For additional photos of the Macanudo Big Drive contest, please visit the brand’s Facebook and Twitter channels.

About Macanudo Cigars

Since their introduction in 1968, Macanudo cigars have been a favorite among premium cigar connoisseurs. The brand continues to be the best selling premium cigar brand in the U.S. and also sells in more than 90 countries worldwide.  In addition to the base brand of Macanudo cigars, the brand also features these collections: Macanudo Maduro, Macanudo Robust, Macanudo Gold Label, Macanudo Vintage, Macanudo 1968 and Macanudo Estate Reserve.

About General Cigar Company

General Cigar Co. is the leading manufacturer and marketer of handcrafted cigars for the premium market. Committed to delivering cigars of the finest quality, General Cigar’s skilled artisans produce Macanudo, Cohiba®,  La Gloria Cubana®, Partagas®, CAO®, Punch®, Hoyo de Monterrey®, Excalibur® and several other leading premium brands in the company’s Dominican, Honduran and Nicaraguan factories. In addition, the company cultivates proprietary tobacco which is used exclusively in its blends and has a dedicated R&D practice that develops new varieties of tobacco and revitalizes vintage seeds. General Cigar also operates Club Macanudo®, a cigar bar in New York City. In 2010, General Cigar entered into a joint venture agreement with Plasencia Group.  Based in Richmond, VA, General Cigar sells through tobacconists nationwide and exports select products to 62 countries. For more information, please visit

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Drew Estate announces “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” premium handmade cigars


Drew Estate announced today their exclusive manufacturing agreement with Pappy & Company, as well as the new “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve”
premium handmade cigar. This new cigar will be produced at Drew Estate’s Estelí, Nicaragua factory and is being made in partnership with Pappy & Company. Pappy & Company is the family-owned merchandise division of Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery, producers of legendary whiskies including Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.

The “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” cigar will be a long-filler, premium cigar made totally by hand in very small batches at Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua. This historic cigar features a robust Ecuadorian Habano Wrapper and well-aged Nicaraguan Filler tobaccos, personally selected by Drew Estate’s Co-Founder, Jonathan Drew. It is the perfect choice for pairing with any of the Van Winkle bourbon and rye products.

Speaking from the Pappy & Company headquarters in Louisville, KY, Carrie Van
Winkle, great granddaughter of the legendary Pappy Van Winkle, said that, “we’re extremely happy to be working with Drew Estate on this project, as both of our companies are known for their high quality, handmade products. When we
approached Drew Estate with the idea of working together on a premium cigar, we knew we’d made the right choice. The finished cigar is the perfect pairing for our family’s whiskeys, and we hope you enjoy them as much as we do.”
The strength level of the “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” cigar is “Medium
Plus,” which allows both new smokers and experienced aficionados to enjoy the
blend. “It’s a well rounded, sophisticated cigar, with body and a hearty expression,” says Jonathan Drew. “Drew Estate is known for passion and innovation, and making premium cigars is our ‘raison d’être’ [reason to be]. The ‘Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve’ premium cigar is truly a showcase of our passion for cigar-making.”

The partnership between the Van Winkle family and Drew Estate will allow people to experience a flavor combination that is unique, and one that will remain consistent through time. Drew Estate is respected for cigar and whiskey pairings, so when the time came to create the Pappy Van Winkle cigar blend, they knew exactly what they wanted to do; “exceptional” was an understatement.
The final blend is the perfect compliment to any Van Winkle spirit, but Drew Estate’s favorite match with the “Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve” cigar is the Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye. The spice notes from the rye bring out the pepper and graham cracker notes in the Pappy Van Winkle cigar.The cigars will be available for pre-order exclusively through the Pappy & Company
website starting November 7, 2014.

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